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Another New Android L Feature Revealed

by Jacob Kleinman | August 6, 2014August 6, 2014 2:00 pm PST

Google I:O 2014 Android Figure

You’ve been able to set up multiple accounts on Android tablets for a while now, but it’s still not possible to do the same thing on your smartphone. It looks like that will finally change with Android L. Earlier today, in an official developer forum, one Google employee accidentally confirmed the upcoming feature.

It’s worth noting that the Google developer in question didn’t specifically say the feature would be arriving with Android L. Instead he or she responded to a request for multi-user phone support with a promise that it would arrive soon. “The development team has implemented this feature and it will be available as a part of the next public build,” the Google employee wrote.

Adding support for multiple accounts on a tablet, which gets passed around between family and friends makes a lot of sense, but the same feature could work well on Android phones as well. Specifically, it could be great for sharing your phone with kids so you can control exactly what they can and can’t access. It could also make it easier to let a friend borrow your device without exposing any personal info.

Like we said, there’s no guarantee multi-user support will arrive with Android L when it launches this year, but after today it looks pretty likely — especially since Android L should be the next public build.

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...